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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Rainn Wilson, Piper Laurie, Natalie Portman
  • Directors: Spencer Susser
  • Producers: Natalie Portman, Spencer Susser, Lucy Cooper, Johnny Lin, Win Sheridan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006B95SRE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,472 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spencer Susser writes and directs this darkly comic drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson and Natalie Portman. After his mother is killed in a car crash, T.J. (Devin Brochu) falls into a deep depression. Living with his sleeping pill-addicted father, Paul (Wilson), and absent-minded grandmother (Piper Laurie), while at the same time being bullied relentlessly at school, he soon withdraws into a state of extreme social isolation alleviated only by his crush on bespectacled supermarket check-out girl Nicole (Portman). However, things change dramatically for T.J. when an unlikely ally comes into his life in the form of Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a nihilistic, foul-mouthed, heavy metal-loving pyromaniac squatting in a nearby abandoned building.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Fans will probably notice that many of the reviews for the excellent and offbeat "Hesher" are for the 'DVD'. But there are a few BLU RAY options too - albeit hidden in Amazon's convoluted system.

One to ‘avoid’ is the American release on Lionsgate [US Import] because it's REGION A LOCKED - which means it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are)'. BLU RAY players with 'Multi Region' for 'DVD' are no good either.

But there is a European issue that is Region B (I believe its Danish) that will play on our players. On Amazon UK - cut and paste the following reference into the search bar to get the right issue B0074A4Z32 and that should bring you to the right issue.

If that's too pricey or unavailable - go directly to either Amazon.de or Amazon.fr (their German and French sites), change the language to read English, search “Hesher BLU RAY” and locate a seller who has ‘International Shipping’. You will find their prices are reasonable and the shipping is usually around 6 Euros.

Happy hunting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The story centers around TJ after his mother has died as he and his dad attempt to get their life back to normal. TJ is a bad luck kid who is not only depressed, but bullied. Hesher, an anarchist, bullies his way into TJ's life and shows up at improbable times, almost as an imaginary alter ego. The writer attempts to shock the audience with the audacity of Hesher's acts as well as his crudeness, which I thought didn't work as well...especially the idiotic scene where he is talking about granny rapers, or his "perverted metaphor." The inability of the author to create audacity without constant crudeness shows a weakness.

The actors did an excellent job. There were many scenes you sit and ask yourself, in a good way, "What just happened here?" Or "What the heck is he doing now?" Life as usual falls to its least common denominator as the grief stricken family starts to imitate the anarchist ways, which seem to lack consequences in this film. Parts of the film were excellently done, while other scenes were weak. I suppose the ending of the film was supposed to make us feel good about the whole thing, but it doesn't compensate enough. Personally I think that if they toned down the crudeness of Hesher and put in Zack Garifalakis in that role the movie could have been a box office smash.

Normally I love these indie style quirky comedies, perhaps I have seen too many of them to enjoy this one to its fullest. And what the heck was Natalie Portman doing in this film?

Excessive F-bomb use, crudeness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl Adams on 13 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I like films that don't fit into easy definable boxes , that are a bit off the wall , that combine many things drama , humor ,sadness etc etc. This is such a movie. Heartfelt and touching , odd and off the wall , funny and sad. If you are looking for some thing other than another boring billion pound action blockbuster check this out . Brilliantly acted , the entire cast are first class particularly Piper Laurie who shines as the kind hearted grandma. I wont tell you the plot , watch it then file next to other great films such as Secretary , American Beauty and Ghost World that you'll want to revisit as the years roll by. Go on take a chance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Browne on 13 Feb. 2013
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Originally, my sole interest for watching this movie was that Joseph Gordon-Levitt starred in it. And once again, his performance was spectacular. And so was the rest of the cast in a story of a dangerously, aggressively chaotic metal-head squatter moving in on a grieving family, uprooting the lives of all and making them deal with their lot.

An instant entry in to my personal favourites list.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2012
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This is one of those rare indi type films that is hard to categorise, except in being able to say it is ruddy excellent. It is about a young boy T.J. (Devin Brochu), who has lost his mother in a fatal car crash His father Paul (Rain Wilson of `Super' fame) is wallowing in prescription drug dependency as a way to by pass the grief. They are living with his Grandma and life is slowly unravelling.

After T.J. smashes a window of a house where Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is crashing, their paths become entwined. Hesher follows him in the best stalker style and decides he will just move in. The first thing he does is strip off and do his laundry followed by making an illegal cable hook up so they can get more TV channels - especially of the more adult variety.

T.J. is dealing with ghosts and bullies in equal measure and that leads to a chance meeting with supermarket cashier Nicole (Natalie Portman). T.J. bonds with her but Hesher is never too far away. He has an unhealthy like for profanity, porn, Metallica and arson; an ideal house guest you might say. Therfore not the sort of friend a young boy should really be associated with. What happens though is that the more mayhem he creates the more he breaks the catharsis of grief that is holding every body back.

This film does not stick to any convention, it is totally unpredictable and that is the essence of Hesher himself. There are no real pretty actors everything is seemingly low rent but with real people and it is so refreshing for that. Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to take on challenging roles and make interesting and well crafted cinema and is one of those actors who can be relied upon to make viewing, anything he is in, worthwhile.
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